Privacy Policy

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The History of Cookies

The history of cookies dates to the 14th or 15th century in Europe. In 1596, a Englishman named  Thomas Dawson published a cookbook called “Goode Huswife’s Jewel” in which he provides a recipe for a square short-cookie. The recipe uses flour, water, egg yolks, butter, sugar, mace, cloves and saffron. Dawson and suggests leaving the “fine cakes” for three or four days after baking to achieve best results.

The recipe is believed to be based on a useful baker’s trick of dropping a small amount of cake mixture onto oven paper and baking it as a method of checking the oven’s temperature.

With the advent of long distance travel by sea, such “Fine Cakes” (which we call cookies or biscuits), were a useful foodstuffs. They lasted for months, sometimes years, and provided plenty of energy. 

The name cookie became a popularised in the North American settlement of New Amsterdam. The Dutch term koekje means “little cake”. 

The rest is, as they say, history.

Our Cookie Policy

Cookies too modern for us to have much interest in. We do occasionally eat them and find them most agreeable, but we don’t really use them on our website. 

Google Analytics and Google Ads

Deep down, everyone wants to know how popular they are – and we are no different. We use Google Analytics to count anonymous information about you. It is pretty much just a count of anonymous “users” performing “sessions” – although it does record what country you are visiting us from. It’s fun!

We also use Google Ads. These Ads might know stuff about you according to Google’s own policies. They probably told you about it when you downloaded Chrome or signed into your Andriod phone for the first time. We don’t really concern ourselves with this. It’s between you and them. You can click on whatever Ads you like – we have no idea who you are or what you clicked on – it’s just a way for us to earn some pocket money and keep the site going. 

Some  formal information about cookies and privacy:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it



When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Contact forms


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments are run through an automated spam detection service from Akismet.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

To get a full log of your comments on our site and see what other data is stored in your online account, you can email us on the following address:




We can also erase your data on your request.

Please email us if you have any questions or concerns you would like to raise. 


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